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Technical Adjustments to Implement Tariff Hike on EU Goods in Aircraft Subsidy Case

Friday, October 18, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is making various technical changes in order to implement on Oct. 18 the previously announced additional tariffs of 25 percent on more than 150 goods imported from European Union countries, as well as an additional 10 percent tariff on new aircraft from France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Specifically, USTR is creating additional Chapter 99 numbers to identify the portion of the subheadings not covered by the additional tariffs. USTR is also removing one subheading (HTSUS 0406.90.14) that had been included due to a clerical error and correcting certain descriptions and typographical errors. The agency states that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation.

Among the products that will be subject to the additional 25 percent tariff are the following.

- single-malt Irish and Scotch whiskies from the UK

- sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, performance outerwear, suits, pajamas, swimwear, blankets, and bed linen from the UK

- axes, tweezers, pliers, metal cutting shears, pipe cutters, screwdrivers, knives, hand tools, and welding equipment from Germany

- printed books, lithographs, and pictures from Germany or the UK

- self-propelled machinery from Germany or the UK

- liqueurs and cordials from Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, or the UK

- olives and wine from France, Germany, Spain, or the UK

- certain pork, cheese, yogurt, butter, cherries, peaches, pears, oranges, lemons, clams, mussels, and other agricultural goods from most EU member countries

For more information, please contact trade attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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